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Addleshaw Goddard

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Nancy McGuire

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Partner and national head of Construction, Engineering and Environmental. Construction specialist with particular expertise in advising on procurement strategies and in the drafting, negotiation and approval of development and funding agreements, construction and engineering contracts, partnering agreements, consultancy agreements and warranties for large scale refurbishment schemes, leisure, retail and office developments, residential and mixed use schemes, manufacturing projects and developments involving both mechanical and process plant, and projects within the public sector. Has been widely involved in regeneration initiatives and civil engineering projects and advises clients not only on contract drafting and negotiation but also in relation to contract management issues and claims avoidance. Clients include a number of commercial developers who operate on a national basis and also contractors, financial institutions and public sector bodies, in particular in the higher education field.


British Gas Marketing Department 1989-90; trained Addleshaw Booth & Co; qualified 1994; construction team Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard) 1994-2001; partner 2001.




Property and Construction Committee, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Business North West.


Failsworth Comprehensive School; York University (Economics 2(1)); Manchester Metropolitan University (Diploma in Marketing); Law College, York (Common Professional Exam: Pass and Law Society Finals 1st Class Hons).


Theatre, cinema, travel, walking, growing roses.

London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Addleshaw Goddard’s team focuses on student accommodation and campus redevelopment projects, assisting education institutions at every stage of a construction project, including procurement, funding and contract drafting. On the contentious side, the group defends universities against race discrimination, victimisation and general employment-related claims, which are handled by Malcolm Pike. Practice head Nancy McGuire is another name to note.

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North West: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Nancy McGuire - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Construction

Addleshaw Goddard attracts praise for its ‘first-class’ handling of contentious and non-contentious construction, engineering and infrastructure mandates. The team advises on a range of major development schemes in the North West, and nationally, and is noted for its expertise in high-value PFI construction disputes. Clients include developers, employers and public sector entities including Octagon Healthcare, for which the team is handling a multi-party claim against John Laing Construction and John Laing relating to extensive defects in the mechanical and electrical installations at one of the UK's largest PFI hospitals. The team has also been appointed as sole construction law adviser for the Houses of Parliament on the restoration and renewals programme for the Palace of Westminster and the Northern Estate. Other highlights included representing Guinness in disputes relating to Diageo's global headquarters and the Park Royal development; and advising Manhattan Loft Gardens on the development of a mixed-use tower in Stratford, London. It is also assisting Omega Warrington with the £1bn development of the 575-acre Omega site near Warrington. Nancy McGuire is national head of the construction, engineering and environment group. Jonathan Tattersall splits his time between Manchester and London and heads the contentious construction, engineering and environment group; he attracts praise for his ‘measured and commercial advice’. Also recommended are legal director Steve Ormand, who handles non-contentious construction and engineering matters, and senior associate Philip Withey, who handles construction and engineering disputes, with a particular emphasis on PFI projects. In 2016, the team was bolstered by several hires at associate level, while Alison Fagan and Robin Jack left the firm to join DLA Piper UK LLP, and Adam Jason joined United Utilities.

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Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

Addleshaw Goddard’s environmental expertise covers transactional regulatory and contentious mandates, with an emphasis on providing support to clients in the manufacturing, energy, banking, retail and leisure sectors in regulatory investigations. Nancy McGuire heads the team, which includes legal director Michelle Headridge.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

Manchester-based partners Nancy McGuire and Michael O’Connor lead the Yorkshire education practice at Addleshaw Goddard, which is particularly strong in real estate, construction and employment matters. The team advises university clients on estate management and new site acquisitions, and has assisted local authorities with drafting subcontracts and warranties, and the review of appointments for the provision of various school buildings. The multi-disciplinary education team also advises clients on employment issues such as dismissals, discrimination claims, TUPE matters and whistleblowing.

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